In 2011, Barbara Galletly, former 826LA volunteer, editor and book lover, started a reading series and then moved to Austin to study Library Sciences. 

In 2012, Zoë Ruiz picked up where Barbara left off because she loves stories and community and likes the idea of combining them by curating.

This is READINGS, a reading series in Los Angeles.

Featuring an awesome line-up of lovely Los Angeles-based writers that includes:

Sarah Balcomb 
Amina Cain 
Jessica Dewberry 
Lisa Dusenbery 
Chris Terry

DJ: Beth Martinez


SARAH BALCOMB was born in New York, grew up elsewhere, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Her short fiction has appeared in dozens of literary magazines, she has worked at major art museums and small literary nonprofits, and has taught creative writing in public high schools and at the university level. Her first job, at the age of 15, was at an independent bookstore. She is the co-partner of Pop-Hop, a creative retail space merging a bookstore and print studio in the Highland Park.

AMINA CAIN‘s most recent book is Creature, a collection of stories put out last fall by Dorothy, a publishing project. Stories and essays have appeared in BOMB, n+1, Puerto del Sol, The Paris Review Daily, Two Serious Ladies, and other places.

JESSICA DEWBERRY’s work appears in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Mutha Magazine, and other places. She’s an assistant nonfiction editor for Pithead Chapel, a copyeditor for Midwestern Gothic, and a mother of three. She is currently at work on what appears to constantly change shape: first, she thought it was a prose poem collection, then a short story collection, then a memoir. Now she’s convinced that somehow, it’s all those things and looks forward to transferring the confusion onto publishers once her opus is complete.

LISA DUSENBERY is a former managing editor at The Rumpus. She grew up in Saint Paul, studied at Pomona College, and lived in the Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles. A lover of sentences and stories, she is working on sharing her own.

CHRIS L. TERRY’s debut novel Zero Fade (Curbside Splendor) was on Best of 2013 lists by Slate.com, Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association’s YALSA BFYA. He lives in Los Angeles. 


BETH MARTINEZ is a full-time dreamer with a passion for all things beautiful. She writes somewhat creatively for her own amusement and has aspirations to be a singer in an old-timey string band. Beth resides in Echo Park and owns the Danger Village – a rock n’ roll publicity firm.


ERUM KHAN is completing her Bachelor’s in English at UC Berkeley, alongside minors in creative writing and South Asian studies. She has written for the Daily Californian, and her fiction and poetry has appeared in Cicada, Al-Bayan, and Maganda magazines.

ZOË RUIZ lives and writes in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Weeklings, Salon, Two Serious Ladies, Trop and the anthology California Prose Directory (2014). She is the former managing editor of The Rumpus and currently curates READINGS, a Los Angeles based reading series.

Poster made by Sam Geer